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Liberty Retail Revolutions merges with Liberty Shoes
Liberty Shoes (LSL) and Liberty Retail Revolutions have merged their operations to strengthen retail presence in the country.


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LYNCHBURG, Va. New concerns have arisen over Liberty Universitys use of a choreographer who has advocated for homosexual causesas its Department of Theater Arts opens its production of Mary Poppins this weekend.

Information provided to Christian News Network reveals that the choreographer is also a photographer whose homosexual advocacy extends into his photo shoots, which include that of a drag superstar. Students at Liberty took part in free photography sessions during his recent visit to the campus.

As previously reported, the university recently published an article regarding the production, which it celebrates as being the schools largest to date, presented by Alluvion Stage Company, an arm of the universitys Department of Theater Arts. It outlined that Alluvion has hired a guest music director, a flight director, and a Broadway choreographer to assist with the presentation.

The article then focused on selectedselected choreographer Geoffrey Goldberg, a New York City-based artist who has been involved with professional theater for over a decade, and traveled the country for five years assisting with the production of Mary Poppins, among others. It included a brief interview with Goldberg, as well as quotes from Alluvions artistic director Linda Nell Cooper. The article also featured a video from Liberty News Service, which likewise contained a brief interview with Goldberg and provided video footage of him working with students.

Goldbergs bio on his website outlines that herecently directed and choreographed the new musical Bradley Cole. An online review of the musical explains that Bradley Cole is enriched with contemporary issues such as shame and confusion over same-sex attraction. It outlines the plot, where Ian is secretly, repressively, in love with Ben, although one of his female friends expresses interest in him.

Goldbergs social media pages also indicate his support and advocacy for the homosexual agenda, posting Happy pride, everyone on Twitter last June in recognition of Homosexual Pride Month. Goldberg is also a member of the Facebook group Marriage Equality New York, and hisPinterest page likewise features a board that includes homosexual wedding ideas.

However, it has now come to light that Goldberg also runs Geoffrey Goldberg Photography, which similarly showcases his advocacy for the homosexual lifestyle. His website features two homosexual men under his weddings and couples section, with one photo capturing the couple embracing.Goldbergs website and Facebook page also highlight a photo shoot with self-proclaimed drag superstar, Schwa de Vivre,a male drag star donned in makeup and feminine apparel.

This winter has been a DRAG!!! But sometimes DRAG can be a blast! he wrote as his status for the album.

Goldberg additionally shares photographs on his Facebook page of Liberty University students that participated in free photo shoots during his visit to Lynchburg, just days after posting photographs of his drag superstar photo shoot.

As previously reported, director Linda Nell Cooper told Christian News Network that Alluvian/Liberty University was not aware of Goldbergs homosexual advocacy, but stated that ones personal life is not a factor in the hiring process for stage productions.

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In Solomon Islands' flash floods, at least 15 people have died
After the flash floods that have devastated much of the country in Solomon Islands, at least 15 people have died. The government said more than 50, 000 people have been affected by the disaster….

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BEIJING (AP) In a face-off between the defense chiefs of China and the U.S., Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday that his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

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Worshippers carry a cross in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Good Friday during Holy Week, in Jerusalem’s Old City.Reuters

As priests are abducted in Crimea, churches burn in Sudan, and American pastors waste away in North Korean prisons, how long will it take this administration to name a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom?

With the president visiting Saudi Arabia and the first lady visiting China earlier this month, April would have been a prime opportunity to send a message that America values religious freedom, even in the presence of necessary allies with dismal reputations in this regard. This isnt a Democratic, Republican, liberal, or conservative issue; its a matter of common decency and of human rights.

The ambassadorship has been vacant for six months and it has been nearly two months since President Obama stated at the National Prayer Breakfast that he looks forward to nominating our next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

I have personally witnessed the shocking truth of the presidents related statement that “around the world, freedom of religion is under threat.”

– Recently, I was in the West Bank where earlier this year in the village of Deir Istiya, attackers set fire to the local mosque and spray painted hate messages on its walls.

– The same day I was leaving the region, radical Islamists fired at least 40 rockets into the towns of their Jewish neighbors.

– A few weeks ago, as worshippers were gathering in St. Pauls Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria, Boko Haram a militant group trying to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state, attacked the church and killed over 45 parishioners. One of the survivors lost her husband and child in the attack and when interviewed all she could say was, we saw hell.

– In the mainly Buddhist nation of Burma, the number of displaced Rohingya Muslims has climbed to more than 150,000; others have been killed at the hands of Buddhist mobs, and all of this has happened since Burma began making its move toward political reform.

— In the Central African Republic, Christian militias are now responding with unspeakable violence against the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels who notoriously terrorized Christians in the country last year, and on a recent Sunday morning in Mombasa, Kenya, extremists killed 2 Christian church leaders as they sat in the pews of Joy Jesus Church.

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ABC Aftermath of Solomon Islands flash flooding as locals inspect the damage and house that was carried downstream along lower Koa Hill into China Town.

Emergency officials in Solomon Islands are working hard to provide food and shelter for thousands of flood victims, with damage to infrastructure hampering response efforts.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has confirmed 17 dead in the disaster, with the toll expected to rise.

Flash flooding has swept away entire residential districts and at least 23 people are missing.

OCHA has estimated that 12,000 people have been affected by the flooding in the capital, Honiara, and 37,000 affected in Guadalcanal Province.

Several days of heavy rain caused the Mataniko River to burst its banks, washing people and buildings out to sea.

Solomon Islands was also hit by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake late on Friday night.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) says there are no immediate reports of damage from the quake within Honiara, however it says communications with other parts of the country are poor and the situation is unclear.

Graham Kenna from Save the Children in Solomon Islands says the weather is clearing, but the risk of a cyclone developing remains.

“We have been able to get further afield from Honiara city to do some assessments from the outlying areas,” he said.

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The government is part of the OECD discussion on international taxation proposals but will have little say in whether they are adopted globally.

Could we actually be worse off with whats finally proposed? Should the government take actions sooner, by implementing new domestic tax measures in the budget?

The key focus of the OECDs discussion is BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting). The most public examples are multinational companies, such as Google, Starbucks and Amazon, which transfer profits globally, based on recognised international tax principles.

In effect, profits are drawn away from the country of the customer and often placed somewhere with low or no tax, effectively enhancing the return to the shareholder. And, while this doesnt offend the letter of the law, it has been called into question morally.

Make no mistake; if there was an easy answer, it would already have been put in place. Some countries have implemented their own remedies, India and China being two notable examples of jurisdictions that modify their domestic laws and interpretations to the benefit of their respective governments.

But therein lies the problem. International business embraces multiple jurisdictions, none of which have the same rules of taxation. While there are some broad principles, local implementation is unique. Likewise, while there are broadly accepted principles for the pricing of related party transactions, each country has its own interpretation of these.

Reliance is often placed on mutual agreement procedures contained in tax treaties to solve the impasse. However, the process of resolution is often arduous and long. And, of course, not all countries have tax treaties, particularly not tax havens!

Critically, only 34 countries comprise the OECD. The notable omission of all BRIC countries (Brazil Russia, India and China) shows the potential lack of global reach.

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has acknowledged the success of whatever solutions are proposed relies on the majority of countries adjusting their domestic tax laws to embrace the new international tax best practice.

Even the most optimistic will agree this will take a considerable amount of time to implement, if at all. For years countries such as Ireland have sought to attract business through tax breaks and incentives.

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Republican Senator Rand Paul has been making a big play for millennials lately, most notably by taking his civil liberties pitch to colleges around the country. Paul has got the right idea when he says his party must evolve, adapt or die (although I think the first two are virtually the same thing).Katie Glueckof Politico wrote that The Kentucky senator drew a largely friendly reception at the University of California-Berkeley as he skewered the intelligence community.

Sen. Paul spoke of dystopian nightmares and added that your rights, especially your right to privacy, are under assault. Paulalso saidhe perceives fear of an intelligence community thats drunk with power, unrepentant and uninclined to relinquish power.

Virtually all of the other politicians taking that stand come from the left side of the political spectrum. They include figures like independent socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall. Rand Paul is not like these other defenders of civil liberties.

Rand Paul, like his father, prefers to package his fairly old-school brand of economic conservatism under the trendier name of libertarianism. Thats not just a labeling change. It also means Paul has paired his retrograde economic ideas with a very outspoken stance against militarism and the espionage state. Its a mixture that Paul hopes can make inroads with groups that are not traditionally Republican voters.

Pauls play for millennials was almost inevitable. As a recent Pew studyreported, that generations disaffection with the two-party system appears to be at record levels. Fifty percent of millennials polled said that they do not associate themselves with either party, which is the highest percentage recorded thus far. Its also a 10 point jump from their equivalent age groups level of political affiliation only seven years ago.

But Rand Paul gravely misunderstands the nature of that political disaffection. Yes, millennials feel alienated toward political and other institutions. They have a right to feel that way. AsJoshua Hollandsays, millennials didnt abandon these institutions. The institutions abandoned them.

But Rand Paul and libertarianism are not the answer. His economic strategy can be summed up in a quota used for one of his bills: remove the shackles of big government byreducing taxes, regulations, and burdensome union work requirements.

In other words, more of the same conservative philosophy that got us in this mess in the first place. Here are 10 reasons why millennials should be extremely wary of the senator from Kentucky.

1. His philosophy of deregulation created your jobs problem.

Rand Paul loved to preach the gospel of deregulation. He went so far as to proclaim that Obama was putting his boot heel on the neck ofget thisBritish Petroleum. Why? Because BP was being asked to bear part of the cost for the oil spill it created.

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The Repeal of the Second Amendment is in Our Future
It's coming because we won't wake up or even try to take our country back. We are still brainwashed and we will become slaves. The U.S. government is complet…

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

No one I know sent flowers or candy, but on March 9 we all had cause to celebrate the anniversaries of two very different First Amendment landmark moments.

Sixty years ago, on March 9, 1954, CBS News Edward R. Murrow hosted an episode of the prime-time television program See It Now, in which he successfully exposed Sen. Joseph McCarthys mean-spirited and shoddy tactics in pursuing alleged communists in the U.S. government.

And on March 9, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in deciding New York Times v. Sullivan, set a new national standard for uninhibited, robust and wide-open discussion on matter of public concern and on the performance and conduct of public officials. Some say the ruling effectively provided a second ratification of the First Amendments protection of the freedoms of speech and press.

The Murrow broadcast program contributed to McCarthys downward slide toward Senate censure later that year, prompted also by eight weeks of misbegotten televised hearings targeting the U.S. Army. McCarthy had soared to national fame following a 1950 speech in which he claimed to have the names of 205 communists in the U.S. State Department. By 1954, his combative style and high-profile congressional hearings involving hundreds of government officials had captured national attention and boosted his political power.

With film clips showing McCarthys tactics and a no-holds-barred narrative, Murrow told viewers that no one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly.

Murrow said to his audience that we must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We are not descended from fearful men not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

A decade later, the Supreme Court ruled in a case involving an advertisement published in The New York Times in 1960. The ad claimed an unprecedented wave of terror against civil-rights workers, particularly in Alabama. Even though a Montgomery, Ala., city commissioner, L. B. Sullivan, was not named, he sued the newspaper and those who signed the ad, citing a number of factual errors. Alabama law and what well may have been biased state courts favored Sullivan and he was awarded $500,000 in damages.

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Richard Branson proves that sometimes being a quitter can be a good thing. A post from the Biography Channel on, Richard Branson Biography, gives insight into Bransons life having left school at 16 to publish a student magazine and begin his Virgin business. Since then Branson has pushed the envelope in almost every conceivable manner- having grown a business empire encompassing hundreds of companies doing business in some 30 countries, according to Entrepreneur Magazines Website posting, Richard Branson, has also attempted numerous world records crossings of both air and sea, and set up humanitarian efforts around the globe and now is even traveling into space. On a personal note, along the way Sir Richard has himself been driven to quit smoking.In an personal commendation of a nicotine free method for quitting smoking, Branson has paid homage to anti-smoking authority Allen Carr (now deceased) in a video, posted on youtube on Feb 27, 2010, for helping people stop smoking, having set yet another example for the world to follow. Carr agreed with Freedom Laser Therapys long standing belief, as seen in his uploaded video form the Richard and Judy Show (UK) on Apr 26, 2007, that using nicotine to quit smoking is only prolonging the addiction. Similarly, Freedoms new home use program, the Freedom Quit Smoking System also uses psychological common sense, the crux of Carrs efforts as part of its methods to help free users from the clutches of nicotine addiction.

Although Branson and Virgin are now supporters of the usage of e-Cigs, another deliver device of nicotine, they have still shown great strides in the battle against smoking. As Branson states on his website, World No Tobacco Day, We were the first airline to ban cigarettes many years ago, against a wail of protests from the industry. We didnt stop there and soon became the first train company to ban smoking. It definitely helped thousands of our staff to give up smoking and thousands of other people too.

Freedom Laser Therapy salutes Sir Richard Branson for the following: his personal stand on smoking, his belief in the usage of a nicotine free method of quitting, Virgins support of the World Health Organizations World No Tobacco Day (May 31st 2014) and Bransons efforts to help free smokers from the clutches of nicotine addiction.

Freedom founder Craig Nabat says, Personally, I admire Virgins commitment to freeing the world from the harmful effects of smoking and because of this, we’re offering to give $10,000 worth of the new home use Freedom Quit Smoking System to the Virgin Group at no cost to them, as a convenient and economical treatment option to help their employees who have the desire to quit.

About Freedom Laser Therapy Freedom Laser Therapy Inc. is an established Los Angeles-based nicotine addiction clinic that has helped change the lives of thousands of smokers. After years of research and development, the company has launched the innovative Freedom Quit Smoking System highlighted by its convenient at-home usage and requiring only 10 days to quit smokingto help Americans across the country quit this deadly habit and promote healthier lifestyles. April 2014, marks the beginning of the Freedom Corporation Smoking Cessation program nationwide launch.

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Rising sea levels and increasing temperatures caused by human activity was a key finding of a seven-year report by a UN panel on climate change released this afternoon.

In the Pacific some low-lying countries could completely disappear, meaning whole populations will have to be relocated to other countries.

One of those is the Marshall Islands, a group of 24 atolls lying just north of the equator halfway between Fiji and Hawaii.

For the 60,000 inhabitants of the country, discussion over whether climate change is real is an insult.

They’ve been watching their country disappear under rising seawaters for years.

Mack Joel and his wife Tilang have lived in Majuro their entire lives, and they say the island is disappearing fast.

As a child Ms Joel used to play in a park next to a cemetery, where there were trees halfway to the reef. Now, that park has now completely vanished, along with half of the graves.

The latest scientific reports suggest the world is currently heading for a one- to two-metre rise in sea levels by the end of the century. If those predictions are accurate, the Marshall Islands – like many other low lying countries – will be lost forever.

It seems the cruellest of ironies that those most affected by climate change are those who are doing the least to cause it. The Marshallese, like their neighbours in Kiribati and Tuvalu, are mostly subsistence farmers. Their carbon footprint is virtually zero, yet it’ll be these people who’ll suffer the most.

Vice-President of the Marshall Islands Tony de Brum is an outspoken critic of the big powers’ efforts at tackling climate change and is extremely frustrated that his people have nothing to do with the rising waters, and that there is nothing they can do to control it.

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Government Subjugating Religious Freedom
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Pacific Islands Forum provides ongoing support to Pacific development

In the wake of 13 Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs) completing peer reviews of their country development systems over the last four years, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is continuing to review progress made on implementing the review Recommendations.

The Forum Secretariat is also continuing to discuss with countries their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) progress and the post 2015 development agenda. As part of this ongoing support, a review team from the Forum Secretariat is visiting and meeting with government, development partners, NGOs and private sector representatives in both Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu in order to gauge progress against the peer review recommendations and the MDGs.

It is a long term endeavor, and success depends on the sustained commitment and participation of Forum Island Countries, development partners and other stakeholders, says Charmina Saili, Regional Planning Adviser at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. We are here this week to continue our support, to discuss progress, challenges and how we and the rest of the region can help.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is focused on supporting this crucial follow-up process and where needed helping countries mobilize additional resources to support the implementation of their peer review recommendations.

Over time the real benefits of better development coordination such as more effective use of development resources, reduced administrative burden for countries, improved information to guide decision-making and ultimately more effective delivery of health, education, energy, water and sanitation services to Pacific citizens will be fully realized.

The Forums Regional MDGs Adviser, Resina Katafono, is part of the delegation and will be discussing with government and their stakeholders progress and actions taken to achieve the MDGs by 2015. Papua New Guinea developed its own set of targets and indicators associated with each of the MDGs, says Ms Katafono. They did this in order to better reflect the realities in the country.

The 2013 Tracking the Effectiveness of Development Efforts in the Pacific Report notes that there has been good progress over the past year in strengthening country systems and processes for planning, budgeting, public financial and aid management. Peer reviews of country systems have revealed that FICs are paying more attention to setting medium term costed priorities and establishing frameworks and systems to underpin and ensure effective progress in implementing national development plans.

There are strong signs of good progress at the country level to strengthen country systems and processes. As a result, more FICs are exerting stronger leadership over their development agenda and engaging more effectively with development partners.

The challenge now is for FICs to sustain this momentum with the collective support of their development partners.

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Although the Malaysian constitution guarantees freedom of religion, many Malaysians continue to face serious and systemic religious intolerance, observe Aliran and Suaram.

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Malaysia has a population of 30m people, with 60 per cent of the population practising Islam, 19 per cent Buddhism, 9 per cent Christianity, 6 per cent Hinduism and 5 per cent other faiths and beliefs. Although Malaysia remains a secular state and its constitution guarantees freedom of religion, many Malaysians continue to face serious and systemic religious intolerance and persecution.

Although Muslims may proselytise to non-Muslims, under Article 11(4) of the Malaysian Constitution, proselytisation by those of non-Muslim faiths to Muslims is prohibited. Freedom of religion was one of the key issues discussed during Malaysias second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, with several states including Austria, Canada, Italy and Poland making critical comments and recommendations. In January 2014, Amnesty International stated It is concerning to see the Malaysian authorities increasingly taking their cue from hard-line religious groups and others seeking to silence those who espouse views that differ from their own agenda.

A court ruling in October 2013 prohibits non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God. The appeals court stated that the term Allah must be exclusive to Islam or it could cause public disorder. According to the Christian Federation of Malaysia, about 60 per cent of the 2.6m Christians in the country use the word Allah to refer to God. In a statement made at the second cycle of Malaysias Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in October, the Malaysian Government stated that the Court ruling was a preventive measure to ensure public safety and to protect public order in Malaysia.

In November 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur, Mr Heiner Bielefeldt, urged the Government of Malaysia to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word Allah to refer to God, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for religious minorities in the country.

UN Independent Expert on minority issues Ms Rita Izsk stated that, Discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief constitutes a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in this instance is a breach of the rights of a religious minority to freely practise and express their faith as they have done for generations. Such actions may present an obstacle to friendly and peaceful relations between faith communities.

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Mr Frank La Rue, has also echoed these statements: The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Government of Malaysia should take necessary steps to secure immediately the right to freedom of opinion and expression of Herald The Catholic Weekly and withdraw unconditionally from further litigation on this issue.

On 2 January 2014, officers from the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) raided the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) and seized 321 copies of the Bible in the Malay language and a further 10 bibles in the Iban language because they used the world Allah to refer to God. Jais unlawfully conducted the raid without a warrant and threatened to force their way into the office of BSM if they would not open the door for them. During the raid, the Jais officers also arrested the Bible Societys president, Lee Min Choon, and office manager, Sinclair Wong, for allegedly violating that decree. Both were later released on bail.

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Ever since the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Twitter has been seen by many as an engine for free speech and particularly the kind of political speech that questions authority and/or gives ordinary citizens the power to inform themselves. Although the companys gaze often seems to have moved elsewhere, now that it is publicly traded and pursuing advertising deals, its resolve to fight a ban by the Turkish government shows it isnt ready to give up its claim to be the free-speech wing of the free-speech party any time soon.

Turkeys prime minister Recep Erdogan sparked the social-media battle by blocking Twitter last week, forcing users in that country to employ a number of workarounds including Tor anonymization technology and open DNS servers run by companies like Google, which were circulated quickly via email and even graffiti. Since then, a court has overturned the ban, but Twitter reportedly remains blocked, since the government apparently has 30 days to respond to the courts decision.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Twitters general counsel Vijaya Gadde outlined the context for the blockage and its ongoing attempts to challenge the ban. The Turkish governments decision was apparently triggered by several accounts that it believed were behaving illegally, including one pretending to be someone it was not which is a breach of Twitters terms of service and another that was spreading information accusing a former government minister of corruption.

Twitter says it received two court orders to take down content that breached its rules (which the company said it had already done before it was ordered to do so) but added that it is fighting the third order, which was to remove the account accused of posting details of corruption in the government. As Gadde put it:

This order causes us concern. Political speech is among the most important speech, especially when it concerns possible government corruption. Thats why today we have also petitioned the Turkish court on behalf of our users to reverse this order.

While Twitter appeals the order, it is using its Country Withheld Content tool, which allows the service to block specific tweets from being seen within specific geographic areas. It launched this ability in early 2012 in order to get around legal issues in Germany, where content that promotes Nazi ideology is against the law, and has since used it in France, Japan and Russia for a variety of reasons. The company also said it would be filing the details of the Turkish order and its response with Chilling Effects, a central directory for all such requests that Twitter committed to use when it implemented the blocking feature.

In fighting the Turkish governments attempts to either block the service or force it to remove content, Twitter is sticking to the commitment made by its former general counsel Alex Macgillivray that it would remain the free-speech wing of the free-speech party. Twitter has not only fought against requests from governments including the U.S. government for information about users, but has also notified users of such requests even after being ordered not to do so.

Twitter fights Turkish censorship, determined to uphold its status as free-speech champion

BOSTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –John Hancock today announced that assets in its John Hancock Freedom 529 college savings plan have topped $4 billion. The national, multi managed, strong performing 529 college savings plan is sold through financial consultants across the country. "We are very pleased to have passed this milestone," says John Bryson, head of Product Management and College …

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Brownells is proud to announce its support for Freedom Alliances Support Our Troops program. The $10,000 donation will go directly toward the Outdoor Adventures program, which provides outdoor-related recreational opportunities for combat-wounded U.S. Servicemen and women and their families.

Brownells commitment to honoring and supporting those who serve our country is well known, said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. Were grateful to Brownells for their generous support. This gift helps us to take injured service members into a naturally therapeutic environment the American Outdoors and allow them to escape the hospital setting.

Freedom Alliances Outdoor Adventures also provides wounded troops with the opportunity to meet fellow warriors in similar circumstances, and recommit themselves to their long and challenging road to recovery, added Kilgannon. Together, Freedom Alliance and Brownells are helping Americas heroes to benefit from Americas great heritage of outdoor sports and recreation.

The Outdoor Adventures initiative is a part of Freedom Alliances Support Our Troops program. This program includes troop appreciation events, dinners, dream vacations and a multitude of other programs to support troops families at home.

Its always a great privilege for us to honor veterans, particularly those whove suffered injuries as a result of their service, said Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells. We know our injured heroes often have long stays in hospitals and rehab centers, so we hope that providing them with an opportunity to get outside, relax and enjoy themselves will help lift their spirits and speed their recoveries.

In addition to Freedom Alliance, Brownells backs a number of veterans and injured veterans support organizations including the Special Operations Wounded Warriors, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the NRA Life of Duty.

To learn more, or to donate to the Freedom Alliance, visit their website.

About Freedom Alliance

Freedom Alliance is an educational and charitable organization which sponsors numerous program activities aimed at supporting and honoring our service members and their families. Freedom Alliance is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a public charity organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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Offshore banking is becoming very common in the financial world and more individuals are starting to seek it out. Offshore banking is offered by companies that are located in foreign countries. This type of banking is loosely regulated, can save individuals money, and is very risky.

Offshore banking is pursued by many investors because it is loosely regulated. Banks that are operated in different countries do not have to abide by the same rules as domestic banks do. They can operate with different accounting standards and utilize different methods. Many investors prefer the services that can be offered by an offshore bank. It is this flexibility that attracts many customers to an offshore bank.

One of the primary reasons many individuals prefer offshore banking is because it can save them money. Many offshore banks will locate themselves in countries that have favorable tax situations. In many cases, these banks will not have to pay any taxes to the country in which they are located. This significantly cuts down on the amount of operating expenses for the bank. In return, the banks can pass these savings on to their customers.

As a customer of an offshore bank, individuals can potentially expect to receive higher interest rates. Offshore banks might also charge less money in traditional bank fees. Regardless of how the savings is passed along, it is usually advantageous for the customer.

Even though opening an offshore bank account can be very attractive, there are some potential disadvantages as well. One of the biggest disadvantages is that customers have to take on a large amount of risk to pursue this opportunity. Even though there is less regulation for the bank to have to worry about, this also adds risk for the investors. In order to open an offshore bank account, individuals have to be fine with the idea of putting their money into a foreign country.

Over the years, there have been many different offshore banking scams. Individuals have deposited large amounts of money into these offshore banks and then have been unable to retrieve the money. The lack of regulation played against the individuals in this case. When investing in this type of bank, an investor has to be very cautious and do a large amount of research about the company. In many cases, individuals should only consider doing business with banks that have branches within their native country as well.

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